2013-2014 Back-to-School Information
As the 2013-2014 school year begins on Monday, Aug. 26, we want our families and students to have all the information they need to prepare for a successful year. This web page is intended to serve as your information headquarters for the new year. Whether it’s bus schedules, school calendars or student assignment, the information here will help you get ready for school. We’ll be updating the page regularly, so please check back often for the latest news! You can also stay up-to-date with helpful tips and district news by following the CMS Facebook page and Twitter account.
Key Contact Information
What's new in 2013-14?
- This summer, the state updated its student-information system. The system, called PowerSchool, will replace Parent Assistant and provide parents with access to grades, attendance, records, transcripts and schedules. PowerSchool can be accessed from any computer. Parents should contact their child's school to obtain a new username and password. Login information used in Parent Assistant will not transfer to the PowerSchool system. To learn more about PowerSchool, click here.
- The Board of Education has approved universal free breakfast for all CMS students beginning with the 2013-14 school year. All students are allowed one free breakfast each school day during breakfast serving times.
There are a few simple tasks that families need to complete before the school year gets started. Review our back-to-school checklist to help you prepare.
Register students who are new to CMS
Families may enroll their students at their home school. Click here for information on enrolling new students.
Update address if family has moved or changed contact information
Make sure schools have updated address and phone number information for all students.
Make sure students are current on required vaccinations and physicals
Immunizations and physicals are essential for students entering school for the first time (Pre-K or kindergarten). Parents must present a health assessment (physical exam report) by the first day of school entry, using an assessment completed within 12 months of school entry. Parents must also present a certificate of immunizations on the first day of school. Health clinics are available throughout Mecklenburg County to help families with immunizations. Review more information on immunization requirements and view listings of health clinics in English and Spanish.
Check your transportation information
Families will receive bus stop pick-up and drop-off times in the mail about a week before school starts. Make sure you review your bus stop location and time – some bus stops may have changed.
Once families receive their student’s bus schedules, it is important to review the information with the child. We encourage parents to walk to and from the assigned bus stop, particularly with elementary aged children.
Please inform and update any address change at your child’s school immediately. Transportation must have the current address to ensure safe and accurate bus stop assignments for eligible students.
If your child will require a pick up or drop off at an alternate address that is not your home address you must apply for that service each year by filling out the alternate stop form.
If you have a question about transportation, call 980-343-6715.
Know your school bell times
Students should be in school and ready to learn when the school bell rings. View the 2013-2014 bell schedule.
Attend your school's open house
Click here to view the dates and times. Please check this site often for updates.